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Reverse Medi-Cal Rate Cuts, Health Providers Say

An unlikely coalition of doctors, dentists, hospitals, health plans and a health care union launched a statewide campaign Wednesday to support the successful roll-out of federal health care reform and oppose further rate cuts in Medi-Cal, the government health care program for the poor.

The "We Care California" coalition came together at the State Capitol to announce support for Senate Bill 640 and Assembly Bill 900, which would reverse cuts to California’s Medi-Cal rates, already the lowest in the nation.

“Every provider in California’s vast health care delivery system unequivocally agrees with the simple notion that more Californians must have access to quality healthy care when and where they need it, but that quality care is going to be less available and affordable in California if we continue to cut our system to the bone,” Dr. Paul Phinney, a Kaiser doctor in Sacramento and president of the California Medical Association, said in a news release.

Members of the coalition include the California Medical Association, California Hospital Association, California Primary Care Association, Dignity Health, Service Employees International Union-United Heathcare Workers West, the California Association of Physician Groups, the California Dental Association, Blue Shield of California, Anthem Blue Cross, Kaiser Permanente, Health Net and Molina Healthcare.

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AHomecare to Merge with NAIMES

The combined Association will maintain the AAHomecare name and continue to do business at 1707 L Street NW, Suite 350, Washington, D.C., 20036.

The addition of the NAIMES members to AAHomecare will benefit the entire homecare sector and, ultimately, our patients. This merger truly displays the inclusivity of our Association and the desire of all parties to move us forward,” said Joel D. Marx, Chairman of Medical Service Company in Cleveland, Ohio, and of the AAHomecare board of directors.

Although the two organizations share 60 members in common, the merger will bring nearly 140 new homecare companies into AAHomecare.

"The merger of NAIMES and AAHomecare is an aptly timed fusion of two terrific organizations. Our union brings with it a firm resolve to work towards our mutual goals, and makes us a stronger representative group, revitalized for the challenges, and threats, that lie ahead," said Wayne Sale, Founder and President of Health First Home Medical in Richmond, Va., and Chairman of the NAIMES board of directors.

Category: DME Billing News